Please submit sites that either use or are in harmony with the writings of Pastor Charles Taze Russell.The Bible Students are a completely autonomous, non-denominational Christian fellowship, not affiliated with any of the church systems of today. As a group, they own no property, take no collections, and pay no ministers for their services. This fellowship has no central head, office or publishing house. Each group is independent, studying on their own with others of similar faith to discuss their findings and maintains an association and fellowship that is worldwide through conventions. They are open for all to share in the study of God's Word. There is no organization to join and no creed to affirm. Services are as simple as the church in the days of the Apostles. The congregation benefits from the prayer support of one another and their fellowship is warm and friendly. This category has been created to help others to better understand the Bible Students. The websites listed provide general information about their beliefs, history and activities.
Those sites that depart from the writings of Pastor Russell will not be permitted in this category. Do not submit chat room, bulletin boards, or other forum type websites.
Sites submitted to this category should be related to the Catholic Apostolic Church--associated with Henry Drummond and Edward Irving--and its descendants.Sites pertaining to the Catholic Apostolic Church and its descendants. Beginning with a prayer group in the home of Henry Drummond, the Catholic Apostolic Church had its greatest success in Germany. Divisions began to occur when the early leaders were dying. Distinctive features of this family of denominations include governance by apostles, premillenarianism, sacraments, the sealing, and belief in a restoration of the gifts of the Spirit.
Sites should be submitted to the most specific subcategory possible.Information source for the Charismatic Renewal and the more recent Renewal Movement. The charismatic renewal movement, or Neo-Pentecostalism, is distinguished from classic Pentecostalism in that the charismatic renewal arose decades later. Pentecostalism had its roots in the Holiness movement of the nineteenth century, and thus is Arminian in theology. Modern Pentecostalism is often dated to C.P. Parham's Apostolic Faith movement (1901) and the Azusa Street revival of 1906. Pentecostal Christians believe that the gifts of Pentecost, including tongues and healing, are still normal today. The gift of tongues is often seen as a manifestation of baptism in the Spirit, or of sanctification. The charismatic renewal is also happening in traditional churches. J. Rodman Williams, Ph.D., Professor of Renewal Theology Emeritus at Regent University School of Divinity http://home.regent.edu/rodmwil/ says: "The charismatic movement1 began within the historic churches in the 1950s. Since then there has been a continuing growth of the movement within many of the mainline churches: first, such Protestant churches as Episcopal, Lutheran, and Presbyterian; second, the Roman Catholic (beginning in 1967); and third, the Greek Orthodox (beginning about 1971). By now the charismatic movement has become worldwide and has participants in many countries. A profile of the charismatic movement within the historic churches would include at least the following elements: (1) the recovery of a liveliness and freshness in Christian faith; (2) a striking renewal of the community of believers as a fellowship (koinonia) of the Holy Spirit; (3) the manifestation of a wide range of "spiritual gifts," with parallels drawn from 1 Corinthians 12-14; (4) the experience of "baptism in the Holy Spirit," often accompanied by "tongues," as a radical spiritual renewal; (5) the reemergence of a spiritual unity that essentially transcends denominational barriers; (6) the rediscovery of a dynamic for bearing comprehensive witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ; and (7) the revitalization of the eschatological perspective." Charismatic Churches are usually but not always characterized by: a full gospel theology, belief and movement of the Gifts of Holy Spirit, and contemporary worship music.
Most local Church of God congregations are affiliated with a specific Church of God denomination. Please find the appropriate denomination category and suggest it in that subcategory.This is an umbrella category for the various "Church of God" denominations.
If the site is associated with a denomination that does not have a subcategory, please add a note explaining the situation. The information you provide will help our editors classify sites correctly.
Please submit sites here if they relate to the Evangelical Congregational Church.
The Evangelical Congregational Church was formed in 1922 when some members of the United Evangelical Church voted against reunion with the Evangelical Association.
The Evangelical Congregational Church has its roots in a blend of German-American pietism and Methodism. Like the Evangelical Church, they trace their origins to Jacob Albright. The group was also influenced by the Holiness movement, and split from the Evangelical Association in 1894 over congregationalism and the doctrine of sanctification.
The Evangelical Congregational Church is found almost exclusively in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Illinois, although they do place emphasis on evangelism.
This category contains resources for and about the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), a U.S. denomination which was formed in 1950 by the merger of the Swedish Evangelical Free Church and the Norwegian-Danish Evangelical Free Church Association. Both groups dated from the revival movements of the late nineteenth century. In the denomination name, "Evangelical" refers to the church's commitment to the proclamation of the Gospel and to the authority of Scriptures as being inerrant in the original writings and the only safe and sufficient guide to faith and practice. "Free" refers to the form of church government as being congregational. Evangelical Free Churches depend upon the active participation of lay people in making decisions and setting directions.
- Please submit resources only specifically related to the Evangelical Free Church here.
- Sites for individual EFCA churches should go in the "Churches" sub-category.
- It is helpful for the editors if your description is written as proper sentences (not fragments), and does not repeat the name of the site from the title. Also, it is not necessary to denote Evangelical Free affiliation in the description of a site as all items in this category are Efree related.
Please submit only English-language sites of churches which are members of EKD here. Sites of German churches which are not members of EKD should be submitted not here, but in the appropriate category under Society/Religion_and_Spirituality/Christianity/Denominations.
German-language sites on Protestant churches in Germany go to:
Deutschsprachige Sites zu evangelischen Kirchen in Deutschland bitte nach:
World: Deutsch: Regional: Deutschland: Gesellschaft: Religion und Spiritualit䴺 Christentum: Konfessionen: Evangelische
German-language sites on Protestant churches not in Germany go to:
Deutschsprachige Sites zu evangelischen Kirchen auߥrhalb Deutschlands bitte nachh:
World: Deutsch: Gesellschaft: Religion und Spiritualit䴺 Christentum: Konfessionen: Evangelische
Sites of local congregations: please submit to the city/town category under
Sites ??icher Gemeinden: bitte anmelden in der Ortskategorie unter:
World: Deutsch: Regional: Deutschland
The Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (abbreviation EKD, English translation usually Protestant Church in Germany but sometimes also Evangelical Church in Germany) is an organization made up of 24 Protestant churches (see list at www.ekd.de/english/3863.html.) The member churches call themselves variously Evangelical, Evangelical-Lutheran and Evangelical-Reformed. Most of them are regional churches for a particular region of Germany. Together they have about 27 million church members and make up most of mainstream Protestantism in Germany.
Sites submitted here should pertain to the Church of the Living God C.W.F.F.The Holiness family of churches has its roots in mid-nineteenth-century revivalism, particularly among Methodists. Holiness churches are Arminian, and many believe in divine healing. Their most pronounced "distinctive" is the belief in entire sanctification, also called "the second blessing." The Holiness movement, in turn, gave birth to Pentecostalism and to some of the Churches of God.
This cat is for the grouping of churches International Christian Churches. It is not for a church that sees itself as international. Please find the correct category for your church site as offering it to the wrong one will only delay it being reviewed by an editor.The International Churches of Christ are a family of Christian churches whose members are committed to living their lives in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ as found in the Bible. We read and strive to abide by the entire Bible and hold it to be inspired and inerrant. We expect every member to be a disciple of Christ as defined in his teachings. The International Churches of Christ were built on the revolutionary and biblical conviction that every person must first make a decision to become a disciple and then be baptized. The Biblical Greek word for church is "ecclesia" which means "the called out". Today we are an international family of churches that is rapidly spreading to all nations around the world. We have been called out from religious mediocrity, spiritual error, atheism and agnosticism -- into a meaningful, vibrant relationship with God. Our congregations now reflect the diversity of the cities and nations where we have planted churches. Worldwide, people of all races, ages,and cultures attend our worship services weekly. These services are true celebrations, for the life of a disciple of Christ is the most joyful one we know. Jesus taught his disciples to not only make disciples, but also to meet the physical needs of people. Click on the "Helping Others" at http://www.upcyberdown.org/Hope/index.htm page to see some ways that we are practicing Jesus' teaching by meeting the needs of people around us. One of Jesus' final commands to his disciples was to go and make disciples of all nations (Mt 28:19-20). As disciples of Christ, our lives are committed to bringing his church to every nation within this generation. In keeping with Biblical examples, we multiply our churches by sending out small groups of disciples to major metropolitan areas where they then form new churches. Since every new member is a committed disciple, these new churches grow rapidly and are soon strong enough to send out other groups to plant more churches. Our goal since 1994 has been to plant a church in every nation with a city of at least 100,000 people by the end of the year 2000. With God's help that goal should be met by July 2000. In the early part of the new millennium churches will continue to be planted in the remaining smaller nations, cities and villages.
Please submit only sites that are pro-ICOC.
Sites with an oppositional view to the International Churches of Christ should be submitted to the following category: Society: Religion and Spirituality: Christianity: Opposing Views: International Churches of Christ
Please add only sites directly related to the International Council of Community Churches!In 1950, two fellowships in the Community Church Movement joined in a historic merger. At the time, their joining represented the largest interracial merger of religious bodies in America. The new creation was the International Council of Community Churches. Member churches and centers united to be a fellowship of ecumenically-minded, freedom-loving churches cooperating in fulfilling the mission of the Church in the world.As a post-denominational movement for over 40 years, the Council has witnessed and worked for Christian unity and reconciliation in human society. And this is the work it carries into the 21st Century.
Please only submit websites that cover more than one denomination or denominations that do not have their own category yet here.This category is for groups of religious worshippers tracing their roots back to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints organized in 1830 by Joseph Smith, Jr.
Sites listed here should be either positive or neutral. Sites which oppose these churches should be sent to Society/Religion_and_Spirituality/Opposing_Views/Christianity/Latter_Day_Saints.
Please submit only sites that follow the ministry of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee here.This is the Lords Recovery, which is not a denomination, not a movement, and not a teaching. It does not have any name, but some opposers called it "Local Church". It is God moving in men to recover the truth and experience of Christ and the Church, which is His Body, His one expression in each locality.
Local churches that do not stand on the ground of oneness in their locality should submit their sites to Society/Religion_and_Spirituality/Christianity/Denominations in the appropriate denomination subcategory, or if it is nondenominational, to Society/Religion_and_Spirituality/Christianity/Churches.
Churches may also be submitted to the Society_and_Culture/Religion category of the place in which they are located; use the Regional hierarchy to find the locality.
This is the top level of the LUTHERAN category. Sites related to Lutheranism generally or for which there is no existing sub-category are listed at this level. Please review the sub-categories to see if there is an appropriate one for your site.The Christian Church in western Europe during the early 1500's underwent a reformation. The leading exponent of the reformation was Martin Luther. The reformation movement ultimately lead to a complete split between the reformers and the Roman Catholic Church. Those who joined the reformers were later called Protestants as they protested the authority over the Church maintained by the Pope. Those who follow the theology of Martin Luther, the Augsburg Confession and the Book of Concord are called Lutherans. Protestantism as a whole has fractured into many denominations. Those claiming the mantle of Luther have not avoided divisions over doctrinal questions and as a consequence there are a significant number of Lutheran Denominations. Lutheranism has been the predominant denomination in Northern Germany, and Scandinavia where it is the established (state) church. Lutheran denominations are also prominent in North America.
If you are submitting a congregational site please proceed to the sub-category Congregations and review the submission notice for that sub-category.
This is an edited directory. If you do not know where your site fits in the editor will move it to an appropriate sub-category. Keep in mind that a site will not get greater prominence merely by submitting in this level. A site that does not belong in this general category will be moved to an appropriate sub-category. By listing in an appropriate category you will not only assist the editor but will speed your submission''s inclusion.
Sites that take issue with Lutheran practice or doctrine or that are aimed at proselytizing for another faith group or denomination will be moved either to "Opposing Views" or to the proselytizing denomination''s category in the Directory.
Find sites within the Messianic Community that promote a Messianic Jewish form of doctrine, teachings, and worship. The overall Messianic Community is a Mishpochah (family) that includes: Messianic Jewish, Messianic Israel, Messianic Yisrael, Messianic Hebrew, Messianic Sephardic, Nazarene Jewish, Nazarene Israel, Nazarene Yisraelite, and like believers. Rather than denominations there are associations or ministries that are generally affiliated with. What sets apart Messianic Judaism from Judaism is the new covenant belief in Jesus (Yeshua) as the Messiah and His final atonement made for remission of sin. A Messianic Jew retains their Jewish roots, culture, and lifestyle as compared to the counterpart of Christianity.
Submit only sites in the main Messianic Judaism category that are Messianic Jewish in content and don''t fit in any sub-category. If your site best fits into one of the sub-categories under Messianic Judaism, then please submit it there.
Torah observant or ''Two House'' sites are listed in their respective place under ''Torah Observant''. Messianic sites that only sell Jewish or Messianic merchandise should go in the Shopping subcategory. All congregation sites are submitted by location to an appropriate category in: Messianic_Judaism/Congregations.
Methodism has at its roots one person whose vision, determination and faith inspired fellow seekers to re-assess their lives and renew their relationship with God. John Wesley (1703-1791) challenged the religious assumptions of his day, urging those to whom he preached to 'trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation' for the assurance that we are all forgiven through Christ. When John Wesley was at Oxford University, he was part of a small group of students who met regularly and 'methodically' for prayer, Bible study and Holy Communion. This earned them the nickname 'The Holy Club' or 'Methodists'. Wesley became a priest in the Church of England, but in 1738 had a spiritual experience that he described as God working in his heart through faith in Christ. He launched a hugely influential preaching ministry and had a flair for organising people into small groups. These he named classes, with locally appointed preachers and leaders, which studied the gospels and prayed together. Wesley's new movement became a separate Church which grew rapidly throughout the 18th century and afterwards. One of the most important distinctions from Calvin and the doctrine of predestination was the doctrine of prevenient grace and its basis in the Arminian view of free will. The United Methodist Church in their book of discipline for 2004 said prevenient grace is "the divine love that surrounds all humanity and precedes any and all of our conscious impulses. This grace prompts our first wish to please God, our first glimmer of understanding concerning God's will, and our 'first slight transient conviction' of having sinned against God. God's grace also awakens in us an earnest longing for deliverance from sin and death and moves us toward repentance and faith." Wesley's theology often characterised by the four "alls" 1. All need to be saved. 2. All can be saved. 3. All can know they are saved. 4. All can be saved to the full, to the uttermost.
If your site is not specifically concerned with a Methodist denomination, please submit to the proper category. Local church sites should *NOT* be left here, but placed in their correct Methodist branch and locality.
Submitting to the wrong category will delay your site from being reviewed for possible listing in the directory.
Thank-you for your cooperation.
- When writing your site''s title please ensure it is the same as your organization.
- When writing your site''s description, please tell what your site offers in a clear and concise statement without hype or promotional language.
These should be practices still observed in congregations.The Moravian Church grew out of the small Herrnhut community in Germany, founded in 1722 by Protestant refugees from Bohemia and Moravia on the estate of the Pietist Count Nicholas von Zinzendorf. It sent out its first missionaries in 1732 to the West Indies and came to North America in 1742. It is noted for its traditions of music, worship, and community life.
Please submit only ''Sacred Name Movement'' sites here.
Sacred Name Movement churches or ministries believe that the true name for the Heavenly Father is Yahweh, and the original name of His Son is Yahshua (the Hebrew name for Jesus). Some may spell the Father's name as Yahveh or YHWH and the Son's name may vary in spelling as well.
Sacred Name churches meet on the seventh day Sabbath and celebrate the feasts as found in the Old Testament (Torah).
This category is for the United Church of Christ. Check the category description if you are uncertain as to whether this is the correct denomination for your site.The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a denomination based in the United States, established in 1957 by the merger of two Protestant denominations: the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches. Each of these was, in turn, the result of a union of earlier traditions, including:
Please submit a site here if it relates to the Christian denomination called the United Reformed Church in the United Kingdom, and where the site covers the *whole* of the UK, *more than one* synod or has *significance for the whole* of the UK.The United Reformed Church was formed in 1972 by the union of the Congregational Church in England and Wales and the Presbyterian Church of England. In 1981, the Re-formed Churches of Christ also joined the URC. In April 2000, the Scottish Congregational Church and the United Reformed Church united.
If the site is about or relates to a synod, district or local church congregation then *please* offer it to the appropriate sub category. Do *not* offer it here.
This category is a directory of councils, agencies, networks, local congregations, and other affiliated networks/groups of the Uniting Church in Australia.
Please only submit links about for agencies, councils, local congregations, and other affiliated networks/groups of the Uniting Church in Australia.
This category contains sites pertaining to The Wesleyan Church, a Christian Protestant Denomination in the Wesleyan/holiness movement. This includes websites belonging to national/regional general conferences and districts (or equivalents) thereof, as well as individual congregations, campgrounds, ministries, and other subsidiary entities of The Wesleyan Church. Individual congregations included in this category will be either officially organized local churches within The Wesleyan Church, church plants launched by one or more subsidiary entities of The Wesleyan Church, or congregations which have been recognized as affiliated churches per The Discipline of The Wesleyan Church, par. Campgrounds included in this category will be at least partially owned and maintained by The Wesleyan Church or subsidiary entity thereof (e.g., district) for the primary purpose of providing camp ministries for evangelism and spiritual formation. Ministries included in this category should be direct subsidiaries of The Wesleyan Church and amenable directly to one or more of the national/regional general conferences. Please do not submit sites for ministries that were merely founded or formed by persons belonging to or attending a Wesleyan church; are more directly amenable to a subsidiary entity such as but not limited to a district or local church; are intended in whole or in part to lobby delegates to a district or general conference; or are otherwise not officially connected with The Wesleyan Church. Other subsidiary entities will be included on a case-by-case basis depending on their relationship to The Wesleyan Church and/or suitablility for inclusion in the ODP as defined by the editing guidelines and determined by the category editor(s).This category contains sites pertaining to The Wesleyan Church, a Christian Protestant Denomination in the Wesleyan/holiness movement. This includes websites belonging to national/regional general conferences and districts (or equivalents) thereof, as well as individual congregations, ministries, and other subsidiary entities of The Wesleyan Church.